This is one of the oldest sweets in the ancient Europe. However there was not any documented evidence of their existence until c. XV, when on the 2nd of July 1487, Enrique de Guzmán, declared in a letter to the dukes of Medina Sidonia, the "Alfajor de Medina", as a special delicacy.
Medina Sidonia was the Andalusian capital of the specialty sweets, and the fame of their Alfajores crossed all border, spreading to all civilised countries of that century. Today we can find them in many countries; specially in Latin America. There are different types of cookies called "Alfajores", all originating from this cake, which was carried by the first conquerors as nutrient reserves for the long journey to the Americas. Later, over time, different customs, tastes and available raw materials, changed into an entirely different product, with the same name.
Alfajor de Medina is not only a delicay, but also a natural product with a lot of nutrients, and was consumed in the middle Ages as food supplement. There for it can be called the oldest 'energy bar' in the world. Because of that, the Alfajor de Medina Sidonia is recognised in the European Union as a traditional quality product, having obtained the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), which gives a certification of quality and guarantee, and is the first pastry PGI achieved in Andalusia.
Its taste gives you the sensation of transporting yourself to the past. The workshops of Medina have managed to pass down this sweet for generations, keeping the recipe unchanged for centuries. A base of pure honey, almonds, hazelnuts and different spices give it a distinct flavour and crunchy texture and yet supple, perfectly combined to offer a delicacy taste, a 'taste of history'.